Due to an impending snow and ice storm, Old Town Trolley Tours will be closed for day tour operations on Wednesday February 20, 2019. We will however, operate our normal night tours. Night tour hotel pickups will be on time. Tours in Arlington will not run Wednesday February 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Due to the current weather and our safety standards, we will not be operating our Monuments By Moonlight Tours tonight Wednesday February 20, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The first and original amphitheater on the Arlington grounds was built in 1873 for the fifth Decoration Day (known today as Memorial Day). The celebration quickly outgrew the amphitheater and that’s why the new Memorial Amphitheater was built. The name was changed to the James Tanner Amphitheater in May of 2014 as part of the 150th anniversary of the cemetery. Tanner was a Civil War veteran and served as President Lincoln’s stenographer. He is buried in Section Two very close to the amphitheater.